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ItsaTenfromDen Sun 01-Nov-15 13:50:50

OH has expressed an interest in maybe having a camera for christmas. I have no idea about these neither has he so can anyone recommed one for a complete beginner?


WhoTheFuckIsSimon Sun 01-Nov-15 18:17:51

What's your budget?

I recently bought dd a Nikon d3200 which is a classic beginners dslr.

However is it definitely a dslr he wants? Mirrorless/compact system cameras are taking over from dslrs. They're much smaller and lighter, but you can change the lenses and the photo quality is fantastic. Comparable with a dslr for sure. Lots of semi pro photographers I know are ditching their dslr.

Ive got a sony a6000 and it's amazing. You can get cheaper ones which are still good. Dd often pinches my camera rather than lug her Nikon about.

GloGirl Sun 01-Nov-15 19:20:28

I have the same camera as Simon, it's a great beginners DSLR.

The Lumix is a great compact.

ItsaTenfromDen Tue 03-Nov-15 15:26:05

thank you both, I shall have a google and read up

JeffreysMummyIsCross Tue 03-Nov-15 15:34:54

I have the Nikon D5200 which is also very suitable for beginners. It's a little larger than the 3000 range cameras, and it would be worth actually getting you DH to try them out as some people have a preference for one size over another depending (my DH actually finds my camera too small to grip comfortably and has the D7200 which is larger still.)

AnotherEmma Tue 03-Nov-15 15:41:20

I'm a beginner and got a Canon 100D which I love. It's a DSLR but very small and light. Takes fab pictures.

Before getting the camera I went on a one-day introduction to digital photography course, which was brilliant. I learnt so much and it meant I was able to buy and use my camera with confidence. So could you organise something similar for your DH?

Wombat87 Tue 03-Nov-15 15:44:36

I've got a Canon 1100D. I think. Takes lovely pictures when OH uses it. Something I nagged for forever, alas never read the manual so can't use it to full potential. It works well for me when I try though!

ItsaTenfromDen Tue 03-Nov-15 15:56:29

Thanks everyone

Emma I just googled and there are photography courses available locally, thanks for the idea

AnotherEmma Tue 03-Nov-15 15:58:35

You're welcome! smile

Didiusfalco Tue 03-Nov-15 16:48:56

I have the 1200d, which is canons entry level dslr. I really like it, and its very easy to start using straight away. It is bulky as all of them are compared to a compact. I also have a lumix, and would not want the dslr to be my only camera. what is your budget?

ItsaTenfromDen Tue 03-Nov-15 17:54:33

mmmm well I've not looked yet, just asked DH and in his head about £500, but he hasn't looked either so no idea how he's come up with that figuresmile

AnotherEmma Tue 03-Nov-15 23:13:41

OP, one thing to bear in mind is lenses. If he is serious about photography he will want a camera with interchangeable lenses. All DSLRs have them, and the more sophisticated compact system cameras do. It's worth considering the availability and cost of lenses. With a Canon or Nikon DSLR you'd get a lot of choice, whereas the compact system cameras are newer technology so I suspect there is less choice of lenses and they might be expensive (just a guess). What I did to begin with was get the camera with the standard kit lens (18-55mm zoom lens) so I could use it for a while to see how I got on before deciding whether I wanted any other lenses and if so which ones. Obviously photography can be a very expensive hobby. I'm of the opinion that it's a bit silly to spend hundreds and thousands on expensive kit when you don't know how to use and/or don't use it very often - but that's just me!

FWIW my Canon 100D cost about £340 (with standard kit lens) from John Lewis. And it's the exception to the rule that Didiusfalco mentioned (that DSLRs are bulky compared to compacts) as I t's actually lighter than the compact I compared it to, and only slightly bigger.

I have bought another lens (a 40mm pancake lens to be precise) and would like another for Christmas - just need to decide which one and put it on my list!

Didiusfalco Wed 04-Nov-15 07:45:39

Oh you could get something better than a basic DSLR with that. Canon have a new 750d which is also entry but has extra features such as a moveable screen and Wi-Fi. Think you could get one for about £550, although I reckon there will be some good deals around for Christmas.

Didiusfalco Wed 04-Nov-15 08:08:59

I was very tempted by the 100d that Emma mentions. It has a touch screen, which the 1200d doesn't. Your DH might not be so bothered about the size though?
How are you finding your 40mm Emma?

AnotherEmma Wed 04-Nov-15 09:45:39

Didius I've taken some stunning portraits with it smile I love the photo quality you get from prime lenses. They're obviously not as versatile as zoom lenses, and I would like a better quality zoom lens. I also went travelling recently and had several moments when I wished I had a wide-angle lens too. But the 40mm pancake was a good one to start with. It's very small too which is handy.

SuperNanny1989 Wed 04-Nov-15 09:57:25

I'm a complete beginner and recently bought myself the Nikon D3200 too. Affordable and so simple to use, would definitely recommend!

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